Monday, February 11, 2008


I woke up this morning thinking a bunch of things, first and foremost, hey, I'm not immediately diving for the kleenex and my thoughts aren't the mushy mess they have been the past few days! I think good health is probably the number one thing I take for granted in my life, so these weeks have been a real reminder.

So I wallowed in gratitude for a few minutes, then started thinking about all the piles I've got to wade through at some point, starting today: the house is a wreck, my briefcase is stacked with unfinished work I need ready by tomorrow, I have a poem due today... also my editor said to expect the final revision packet mid-February, so any day now I'll have to re-enter the world of 1932 Gee's Bend and make sure to get it JUST RIGHT...

Oh and there's all this other stuff I want to do, too, now that I feel a bit more human, like write and read and love the ones I haven't loved enough in the past days or weeks or years, and what I was thinking was, mediocre isn't good enough. Not for any of these things. Well, except maybe the laundry. If there's one place in life to be mediocre, I'm thinking that's it :)

"Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss it you will land among the stars."

-Les Brown


  1. So glad you are feeling better!!

    Brick House was in my teens and early 20's,..a lifetime ago!!! I feel like that was a different person....I guess it was, because I am definitely not the same today!!

    Have a wonderful day, remember to take it easy while your body is still recovering!!

  2. Alison,

    The one thing my father always repeated to me over and over again, was that mediocre was never good enough. He always wanted me to strive for excellent.

    I hope that you begin to get your strength back, and that you are able to get to the bottom of some of your stacks. Take time, everything will get finished as it is supposed to. Grab Eric and go get an ice cream cone! It will make the world seem a bit more manageable! I know that things are very rough right now. Hang on, dear friend. As the saying goes, "When you think you have reached the end of your rope, tie a knot and hand on!"

    My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am sending you a huge hug.



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